Grow Hope Saskatchewan 2019

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Everyone is welcome 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, for the 2019 Grow Hope Saskatchewan Field Day, to learn more about an innovative program in which rural and urban people work together to support the work of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

The 2019 Grow Hope Field Day is a free, family-friendly event that begins at the Good Neighbours’ Food Centre in Rosthern, SK.  Come and learn about local and international food security issues, sample a variety of foods (including dishes prepared by Chef Jenni), and visit one of the Grow Hope fields.

Update for Grow Hope Saskatchewan:

This year there are two Catholic farm families in Saskatchewan who have generously dedicated acres towards the project and donations are being collected to sponsor those acres, with profits from the harvest going to support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank ministry to feed some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

For more information follow Grow Hope Saskatchewan on Facebook or see the website at: or to make a donation go to the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website:

Through Grow Hope, Canadians who don’t have a farming connection can play a part in growing a crop by sponsoring an acre that will be farmed to help in the fight against world hunger—and learn more about farming and what is involved in growing food at the same time.

Here’s how it works: Farmers grow crops for the Foodgrains Bank. Depending on the crop being grown, it will cost $300, $400 or $500 an acre for seed and other inputs. At the end of the growing season, the farmers will sell their crops, donating the entire amounts to the Foodgrains Bank. Through the special arrangement the Foodgrains Bank has with the Government of Canada, the proceeds from the sale of the crop can be matched 3:1 for food security work or 4:1 for food aid work in the developing world.



Bishop Hagemoen visits parishes in Wadena deanery

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently completed a pastoral visit to the 13 parishes of the Wadena deanery.

Eucharistic celebrations, cemetery blessings, and town hall meetings were on the agenda as Bishop Hagemoen travelled throughout the Wadena deanery July 9-13, visiting all 13 parishes in the easternmost region of the diocese, with a number of other stops, such as a visit to a youth camp in the area.

Bishop Hagemoen made a similar pastoral visit in the fall of 2018 to the parishes of the Humboldt Deanery.


Pastoral visit highlights: NEWS SITE



Parishes in the Wadena deanery

WADENA parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Emmanuel Banahene)

St. Mary Catholic Church in Wadena, SK

ST. FRONT parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Charles Nweze)

St. Front Catholic Church at St. Front, SK

WYNYARD parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu)

St. Mary Catholic Church at Wynyard, SK

Schedule for the Bishop’s Pastoral Visit July 9-13

Tuesday July 9

  • 4:00 pm Mass at St. Theresa, Lintlaw, followed by cemetery visit
  • 7:00 pm Town Hall meeting at St. Joseph, Kelvington

Wednesday July 10

  • 9:00 am Mass and Adoration at St. Mary, Wadena
  • 3:00 pm Visit with parishioners at St. Athanasius, Perigord, followed by visit to Our Lady Queen of Poland, Fosston, and cemetery visit
  • 6:00 pm Visit with parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Poland, Fosston

Thursday July 11

  • 10:00 am Meeting with Fr. Charles
  • 10:30 am Mass at St. George, Naicam
  • 11:30 am Lunch and Town Hall meeting at St. George, Naicam, followed by cemetery visit
  • 3:00 pm Visit to St. Felix, Archerwill, followed by cemetery visit
  • 4:30 pm Visit to Rex Mundi Camp / Christ the King Youth Camp
  • 6:00 pm Mass at St. Lawrence, Nobleville, followed by supper

Friday July 12

  • 9:00 am Visit to St. Front cemetery
  • 10:30 am Mass at Christ the King, Rose Valley, followed by lunch and Town Hall meeting at Rose Valley
  • 2:30 pm Visit to Rose Valley cemetery
  • 4:30 pm Dinner in Wynyard
  • 6:00 pm Mass at St. Mary, Wynyard
  • 7:00 pm Town Hall meeting for parishes at Wynyard, Wishart and Foam Lake, held at St. Mary Church, Wynyard

Saturday July 13

  • 9:00 am Mass at Christ the King, Foam Lake
  • 10:00 am Visit to Foam Lake cemetery
  • 11:30 am Visit to Seho cemetery
  • 1:00 pm Lunch in Foam Lake
  • 3:00 pm Visit to Wynyard cemetery
  • 4:15 pm Visit to Wishart cemetery
  • 5:00 pm Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart
  • 6:15 pm Potluck supper at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church / Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at Foam Lake, Sk

St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Perigord, SK

St, Felix Catholic Church at Archerwill, SK

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at Wishart, SK

St. Joseph Catholic Church at Kelvington, SK

St. George Catholic Church at Naicam, SK

St. Theresa Catholic Church at Lintlaw, SK

St. Mary Catholic Church at Fosston, SK

St. Lawrence Catholic Church at Nobleville, SK

Christ the King Catholic Church at Rose Valley, SK

World Day of Prayer for Priests

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On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 28, the Church marks the World Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests.

The day of prayer was begun by Saint Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Letter from the Apostolic Nunciature to Canada

Circular Letter from the Congregation for Clergy

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June is for priests: Vatican website article

Our Holy Father Pope Francis says:

would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.

They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.

They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.

Let us be thankful for their example and testimony.

Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.


Pastoral Appointments announced

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A message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen June 5, 2019: “I am pleased to announce the following clergy appointments, all of which will be effective August 1, 2019, unless otherwise indicated.   There are a few outstanding assignments to be announced in the near future.”

PDF of the Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Appointments 2019

A. Pastors:

Fr. Peter Olisa




Fr. Peter Olisa, Pastor at St. Anne, Watrous, SK; St. Pius X, Imperial, SK; and St. Patrick, Young, SK:   Fr. Peter Olisa has served as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine parish in Humboldt and at Holy Spirit parish in Saskatoon.




Fr. Emile April



Fr. Emile April, Pastor at Trinity Parishes: Saints Donation et Rogatien, Prud’homme, SK; St. Denis, St. Denis, SK; St. Philippe Neri, Vonda, SK.




Fr. Thekkekulam Santhosh, VC



Fr. Thekkekulam Santhosh, VC, Pastor at St. James, Wilkie, SK; Our Lady of the Assumption, Handel, SK’ and St. Paschal, Leipzig:  Fr. Santhosh is from Marymatha Provincial House in India. Fr. Santhosh has been ordained for 11 years.  (Arrival and start date to be confirmed).




Fr. Hoang Nguyen



Fr. Hoang Nguyen, Pastor at St. Joseph, Saskatoon and St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon; and for the Vietnamese community in Saskatoon:  Fr. Hoang has been serving the Fox Valley cluster of parishes.




Fr. David Tumback




Fr. David Tumback,Pastor at St. Patrick, Saskatoon:   Fr. David has been on a one-year sabbatical after serving at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon for 12 years.




Fr. Geoffrey Young




Fr. Geoffrey Young, Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon:   Fr. Geoffrey returns from his studies in Rome.




Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi




Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi,Pastor at St. Mary, Fox Valley, SK; St. Michael, Burstall, SK; St. Mary, Richmound, SK:  Fr. Francis is joining us from the diocese of Kumasi, Ghana.



Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR




Fr. Mick Fleming, CSsR, Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon:  Fr. Mick has been in the formation house for Redemptorists in San Antonio, Texas for the past two years and prior to that had served at St. Mary’s for five years.



B. Associate Pastors:

Fr. Prosper Abotsi

Fr. Prosper Abotsi, Associate Pastorat St. Augustine, Humboldt, St. Scholastica, Burr, Holy Trinity, Pilger, Assumption of our Lady, Marysburg:  Fr. Prosper is from the diocese of Jasikan, Ghana.





C. Chaplains:

Fr. Phong Pham




Fr. Phong Pham, Chaplain at St. George’s Chapel, CFB, Dundurn, SK:   Fr. Phong has served at Our Lady of Lourdes, Saskatoon.




Special Assignments:

Fr. Richmond Diala




Fr. Richmond Diala, Pastor, Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, Athabasca Region, including Our Lady of the Cape, Black Lake, SK; Our Lady of Sorrows, Fond Du Lac, SK; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Stony Rapids, SK.  Fr. Richmond has been serving as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral as well as in Hospital Chaplaincy.



D. Seminarian Update:

Van Tam (Luke) Tran, seminarian



Van Tam (Luke) Tran will be entering his second year of seminary at Christ the King Seminary in Mission, BC this fall.  He is currently living at St. Michael’s parish in Cudworth. Please join us in remembering in prayer Luke and all those considering entering the seminary to discern priesthood.



E. Clergy Updates:

Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB




Fr. Richard Meidl, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster. He has been serving as Pastor in Watrous, SK; Imperial, SK; and Young, SK.




Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB




Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, will be returning to St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster. He has been serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas as Pastor at Southend, SK, and La Ronge, SK.



Fr. Steve Morrisey, CSsR




Fr. Stephen Morrisey, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon. He has been serving as Pastor of the Trinity parish cluster and in prison chaplaincy.



Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI



Fr. Nestor Gregoire, OMI, will be receiving an assignment in the Archdiocese of Regina. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Joseph, Saskatoon and St. Francis Xavier, Saskatoon.




Fr. George Chatholil, VC




Fr. George Chatholil, VC, will be returning to the Vincentian community in India. He has been serving as Pastor at Wilkie, SK; Handel, SK; and Leipzig, SK.



Fr. Gerard Cooper




Fr. Gerard Cooper will be taking a sabbatical. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Patrick, Saskatoon.





Fr. Denis Phaneuf




Fr. Denis Phaneuf will be retiring. He has been serving as Chaplain at CFB Dundurn, SK.





Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR




Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR, will be receiving a new assignment outside of the Diocese of Saskatoon. He has been serving as Pastor at St. Mary, Saskatoon.




Deacon Kris Ringwall recently moved to Saskatoonfrom the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, USA, and will be working at the University of Saskatchewan.

I take this opportunity to thank all of these priests for their ministry in our diocese and we pray for God’s blessings on their priesthood as they move forward to new assignments or retirement.

“Please offer a warm welcome to the priests joining our diocese as you have an opportunity to meet them and remember all in your prayers.”

In Christ,

Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen

Message from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2019 National March for Life

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In communion with the Holy Father,  the Bishops of Canada support the sanctity of life

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in profound unison with Pope Francis, affirms that all human life should be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

The Bishops of Canada have and will continue to advocate and collaborate with organizations across the country, many of which are not Catholic, in endeavours to bring together people from different perspectives who believe in the sanctity of life.

Events such as the annual and regional Marches for Life are meaningful opportunities to unite thousands of people speaking with one voice to proclaim the dignity of all human life.

In full communion with the Holy Father, Catholic Bishops and all faithful are united in declaring, as the Church has believed since its beginning, that the “distinctiveness of human life is an absolute good,” and that “abortion and euthanasia [are] extremely grave evils that contradict the Spirit of life and plunge us into the anti-culture of death.”

Likewise, Pope Francis has recently observed that the “threshold of basic respect for human life is being crossed, and brutally at that, not only by instances of individual conduct but also by the effects of societal choices and structures” (15 January 2019 letter from Pope Francis to the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life).

Today, the Bishops join their prayers with all those who stand up for life.

Message from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2019 National March for Life

PDF of CCCB Statement

(English): Message – Marche pour la vie 2019 March for Life – EN

(French): Message – Marche pour la vie 2019 March for Life – FR


Easter Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

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Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Greetings Clergy, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:

I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Easter Season! We enter into a profoundly meaningful time in the life of our faith, as we recall our Lord Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem in which He personally meets the tragedy and seeming finality of the human propensity towards ‘fatal attractions.’  The Saviour’s response is one of complete self-giving and the literal outpouring of His life. Indeed, the greatest love the world has ever known is that which we witness on that terrible day we know as ‘Good Friday.’

Then, Easter Sunday comes! Jesus, after having faced the totality of human death …rises! Indeed, Our Lord has confronted and taken on absolutely anything that can come between us and the saving love of God, the Creator of the world who did not will that death be the final experience for humanity. As Our Lord states, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Let us recall with devotion and gratitude the journey that Jesus takes from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. May His journey inspire and embolden us regarding what is possible in terms of healing and new hope. Our world faces many challenges. We too face obstacles that at times seem insurmountable. Through all of this, Jesus continues to lovingly and faithfully look at us, saying “…for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

As Pope Francis recently stated, “Christians cannot fight the devil by becoming ‘superstars.’” The Lord responds to the evil one by holding fast to His own way, the way of humility and trust in God’s unrelenting faithfulness to us. May this Easter season be a time of hope and renewal for us all. Not because we are heroic with our goals and affirmations, but because we recommit to walking always with the Lord. He has risen from the dead, and has shown us the way from enslavement to freedom; from destructive anger or despair to healing; from death to life.

May the Easter season be a time of healing and renewal for us all.

Sincerely in Christ,

+ Bishop Mark Hagemoen

PDF of Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s letter to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful, Easter 2019: Message

Pope Francis issues Apostolic Exhortation “Christ is Alive” as a follow-up to Synod on Youth

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Christus vivit (“Christ is Alive”) is a new document that Pope Francis addresses to young people and the entire People of God.


The document is the fruit of the Extraordinary Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment held in Rome in October 2018. As Pope Francis writes:

“With great affection, I address this Apostolic Exhortation to all Christian young people.It is meant to remind you of certain convictions born of our faith, and at the same time to encourage you to grow in holiness and in commitment to your personal vocation. But since it is also part of a synodal process, I am also addressing this message to the entire People of God, pastors and faithful alike, since all of us are challenged and urged to reflect both on the young and for the young. Consequently, I will speak to young people directly in some places, while in others I will propose some more general considerations for the Church’s discernment.”

NEWS: Call for Conscience Protection

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Protecting conscience rights in Saskatchewan

An advocacy campaign is underway in our province, asking supporters to  call upon the provincial Minister of Health and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to provide robust conscience protection for healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan.

With the passing of euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation in Canada, provinces are now implementing local protocols. We are encouraging all those concerned about this issue to respectfully contact the Minister of Health and MLAs.

Parishes across the province will be offering opportunities to sign letters to provincial politicians on the Feb 23-24 weekend, or submit letters electronically, via

This protection is in place in every other country worldwide that allows euthanasia. 

View a video about the issue:

More information: Coalition for Conscience information sheet

Conscientious objection must be legally protected! Please contact your elected officials in Saskatchewan.